2. Identity position – group affiliation – sex, race, social status. Biological or social constructions?
Up to now utopias have seemed often to focus on this second type of identity - through their eagerness to identify, define, classify and even build citizens. But for a different way of thinking about utopias as machines for reimagining our identity see, for example, Jameson on 'Morus: the Generic Window', or Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-fashioning for discussion of the ways in which More creates Utopia to go beyond humanist dialectic to expose and explore his own conscience and consciousness. Or think about Gulliver on his travels?
3. Integrity – spatiotemporal continuity. I am the same person that I was a few moments ago. The body is our identity, it gives shape to (informs) the story of how we change.
- Ovid, Ovid, Metamorphoses trans Mary M. Innes, (Penguin Classics, 1955
- Caroline Walker Bynum, Shape and Story: Metamorphosis and Identity (2001) http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/19990322b.html
A useful link, perhaps from building utopia, to dreaming it.
From ‘Shape and Story’
Image= Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, a Pre-Raphaelite Painter